We passed Prop D, the tax on Uber and Lyft!
An important step toward addressing the toll of Uber and Lyft
As I have obsessively checked the results since Election Day last Tuesday, Proposition D slowly but surely crept up to a solid victory. As of today, results from the San Francisco Board of Elections puts “YES” votes for Prop D at 67.65%, about a point higher than the 66.66% required for any tax. Phew!
This was an important win for safer streets in San Francisco. There are thousands more vehicles on our streets today because of Uber and Lyft; on a typical weekday, ride-hail vehicles make more than 170,000 vehicle trips within San Francisco. We know this is taking a toll, from congestion and climate emissions to pedestrian safety and transit service.
I’m so grateful that voters showed that it’s time to start addressing the impact of ride-hailing services on our safety and city. The estimated $30 million of funds raised annually by the tax will go straight to funding public transportation and fixing the most dangerous streets for people who walk. Walk SF is helping determine how the San Francisco County Transportation Authority should allocate these funds for the most urgent pedestrian safety projects.
Thank you, voters and campaign volunteers!
This was an election where every vote was needed to get us to victory. To everyone who helped get the word out about Prop D and turned out at the polls, thank you. Thank you also to San Francisco Bay Area Families for Safe Streets, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, San Francisco Transit Riders, Livable City, Chinatown TRIPS, and Transport Workers Union Local 250-A for all your work on Prop D, and of course to Supervisor Aaron Peskin for his work to move forward this legislation!
Step by step, we’re winning the kinds of changes that will transform San Francisco into the pedestrian-first city it can be. Donate to Walk San Francisco now to power our advocacy work for more wins like this!